Turn on the f*cking faucet

Hi, I’m Andrea

On this blog you’ll be learning with me how to use our voices, share our creative superpowers and live life in full color.

As an artist, photographer, life coach + mentor, I’m redefining what it means to be a SUPERHERO — ‘cause in my world, it’s got nothing to do with capes, spandex or sidekicks and everything to do with tenderness, intuition & baby steps of bravery.



  1. Joanne

    Yes! This was useful. My mantra is “be bold with care.” I know, sometimes, my faucet is closed and my value is ideal, though not practiced. I really appreciated this message because I am planning my first retreat. Thank you for sharing, Andrea.

  2. Celenia

    The faucet is ON! Poetry, prose, photos…they are pouring out of me. I believe I have you and Laurie, and the entire Mayacamas Tribe to thank. So thank you.

  3. Andrea

    Awesome! Just the reminder I needed to go turn on MY f*cking faucet. My creative juices have been backing up far to long. It’s time to let them flow and not worry about the results.
    Thank you!

  4. Heather

    I not only love the message you speak of turning on the faucet but my brain is hopping with ways I can use this idea of a spoken message versus a typed message. I would never have thought to do this on my own but am totally going to figure it out.

  5. Sandra

    I loved this. I am someone who has an ingrained tendency to hold my breath and wait (for god knows what) so I could probably use a reminder to do this most every day. Thanks.

  6. Beth

    Thank you so much ((( Andrea )))
    I so love this! You have (yet again) inspired me. Thank you so much – you really do have a cape!


  7. deb taylor

    I am fucking turning it ON.
    Edit less, say more.
    I relate to being stuck at the keyboard.
    I hate typing, but love talking.
    The only way for me to pass my creative block when I was bringing forth my authentic self for me e-course was to make videos. This way I felt present. Real. Authentic. Free.
    and now I feel like baking a fucking batch of brownies.
    Thank you Andrea!

  8. Claudia

    I love this os much and it all i needed today. Just do it, yes! Let’s be ourselves and let the word see us.
    Authenticity brings joy!
    What’s that app again?

  9. Suzy

    How do you listen to these recordings? Thanks Suzy

  10. georgy

    Thank you! Great inspiration to turn my faucet back on . . perhaps full force – in order to flood away the debris – and get going . . again.

    love & love, -g-

  11. SarahWT

    I love this message, Andrea!! “Turn the fucking faucet on and let it be messy” is comforting to me right now, as I’m nursing a “hangover” from having done just that. (Huge introvert here – every share feels like an overshare! And yet, I’m feeling the need to connect… So a reminder to not avoid sharing again because of that messy hangover feeling I get afterward is good for me right now.) And I have a feeling that one of my new mantras will be “make the fucking brownies, already.” 🙂 It’s so true: putting oneself out there, starting something new – these things don’t require big, sparkly productions; a humble offering and an open door are truly, often enough. Thank you for this good food for thought! 🙂

  12. Katie

    You ROCK!! I simply adore the vulnerability. Yes!!! We women use excuse after excuse after excuse as to WHY we simply are not good enough as we are right now to express ourselves!!!
    Money, time, education… On and on… And it is JUST fear of being BRILLIANT in Our OWN way!! Not another way… OUR way. Here is to a super imperfect,messy flow of water and to a simple pan of brownies.

  13. Lorna Davis

    I totally loved this and need it today!
    thank you so much Andrea- I love your blog and your audio blog….

  14. Julia Barnickle

    I love this – it’s not the first time I’ve heard something or read something along these lines in the past couple of weeks, so I’m starting to take notice! Like you, I’ve been struggling to write lately, and I’m thinking that maybe I’ll take a leaf out of your book and try talking into a voice recorder, and see how that goes!

  15. Michaela

    I absolutely love that you are calling your series “voice messages” and not “podcasts”. (If I had seen that you had added a “podcast,” I would have been less likely to listen. The word “voice” has more of a human connection and isn’t about the technology). And as for your message — I’m someone who often feels more comfortable speaking something out and gets blocked writing so I am going to try talking things through to get myself going!

    Thank you for the inspiration!

  16. W. Lotus

    This is useful to me. It matches the encouragement a friend recently gave me to step fully into myself. I’d slowed my flow to a mere drip, because I was made to believe I was “too much”. And I *was* too much for those people, whose celebration I desperately wanted. But now I am blessed to be surrounded (physically and virtually) by people who celebrate me and *want* more of me, so I can open the faucet and let the fullness of my self out

  17. rya1

    I love this format. Your message wouldn’t be the same in print, especially when your sweet, gentle voice said “fuckin’ brownies”. LOL!! Thank you.

  18. Nellie

    I love this! I could post this message on my bathroom mirror. Thank you!
    Enjoying the format too, especially since figuring out how to play it through my car in kid-free moments.

  19. Linda Smith

    Oh, I so needed to hear this! My faucet has been turned off for far too long. I am fucking sick to death of ‘editing’ myself with people who say they love me, but throw a fit when I am most authentic, and want me to be different and make them comfortable. The universe has been literally throwing stones in my path…..stepping stones and I keep ignoring the messages due to fear of how I will take care of myself if I walk out of this relationship that requires me to keep my faucet turned off.

  20. Laura Cottril

    Love this story. Also the brownies. Ha ha. You are so right. Thank you for sharing and your voice is so easy to listen to. 🙂

  21. Denise

    That was awesome! What a great way to get around a creative block by trying something that feels more like you! I loved it!

  22. Alison

    Thank you for this. Came at the right time for me. You are amazing!

  23. Sari Cecilia

    Thanks Andrea,
    this came to me in my inbox at such the right time. I am new to your community and I am so inspired by the way you are “turning on the f*ucking faucet” in your own life and with your own style. It’s my turn to shine in my own way and I can relate to your friend who always had some distraction to stop her. I wrote in my journal today about the ways I need to just get out there and shine. I made a list of all I have done and all I CAN do now, and it didn’t feel as hard as I made it out in my head. Then straight afterwards, I read this blog entry – serendipitous, I believe…
    Sari Cecilia.

  24. Patricia

    I love this reminder Andrea. I spend a lot of my time holding my breath – both literally and metaphorically. When I need to nudge myself into action, I remember the words of one of my mentors. In studio class he would stand behind me and firmly say two words = “and begin.” Somehow that strips away the clutter of over thinking, gives permission to exhale and serves as a call to action.

  25. Bryan Shepherd

    Hi Andrea,
    Thank you very much. The kindness and sincerity in your voice made it very real and helpful.
    you’re a gem,

  26. Bella

    Yes… I’m am so embracing this mantra. Thank you, girl. I’ve been really enjoying listening to your wisdom & truth. You are workin’ this like whoa! xo

  27. Denese

    as soon as i read this title i thought about the “brownies” i think it came forth during our Start a Foolish Project … i loved it then and needed to hear it again. i’ve been stuck too (maybe it’s a Scorpio / November 9 birthday thing 😉 your voice message plus the brownie reminder is the push i’ve been needing. i still say your mantra, “let it be simple, let it be fun” over and over again. “let it be messy” is really speaking to me now. love this and you, andrea. thank you for all you do.

  28. Tammy

    Wow, the timing on this message is amazing to me. Thank you! <3

  29. Kate

    I love how you just go with your own flow Andrea. The idea for these voice messages – so brilliant! You inspire me to listen to my own needs more. That’s another part of my fucking faucet that I am turning on now because of you. Thank you!

  30. Margaret

    How do I make this play? There’s just a box with “Soundcloud” written in it. What am I missing?

  31. andrea

    You should be able to simply push the arrow inside the red circle
    (up on the top left of the graphic)

  32. Margaret

    Hi Andrea,
    That’s what I tried, but it just leads me to the image I mentioned in my earlier comment. 🙁

  33. Margaret

    Found a solution! Searched for the site using Google Chrome instead of Internet Explorer and it worked. Now I’m going back to listen to it.

  34. Margaret

    Oops! Our last posts crossed. The link you suggested worked, too. Thanks! — for the link and for the message.

  35. Lynne

    Omg! Great message for my overthinking perfection driven heart to hear. I feel like you’ve given me permission to just go off it no matter how messy it is. Oh Andrea, how you inspire me so!

  36. debrah

    love the voice message, there’s something about hearing someone speak that makes all the difference…..going to bake some brownies…..to start the conversation and open the faucet to my heart

  37. Lara

    I SO want to hear these voice messages but can’t seem to get them to play 🙁 I tried going in from sound cloud too and seem to be having the same issue….no sound. Volume is up, not on mute, speakers all good. Any ideas?

  38. Jo

    AWESOME!!! loved this! thank you for choosing to do this series… it’s awesome!

  39. Karen H.


    What a fabulous idea to do voice messages. This is the first of yours I listened to, as the title piqued my interest. I hear you – I feel I do not turn on the faucet as much as I’d like to, for fear of it being messy. But lately, I’ve been realizing that being careful, making sure everything is in line, is not living! Life is messy sometimes. So I really appreciate this mantra.

    And it was so very nice to hear a human voice behind the message. You have a warm and honest voice so that totally adds to the depth of the message. But it was nice to hear a raw riff on a deep topic. Please continue with these.

    Thanks for the inspiration and connection.

  40. Maura

    Wow! I love this concept of a voice post. It’s short, it’s real and it’s personal. Thank you for putting yourself out there, Andrea. I find it very inspiring and very encouraging as I open up to my own path of following my bliss. Wonderful sharing and food for thought (…and action)! Love your Spirit! Thank you. <3

  41. Kristi

    Finally made some time to have a listen.
    So glad that I did (if nothing other than to hear your cute self swear!).
    Am going to promptly see where I can turn on the faucet and/or bake a pan of brownies!
    Have been thinking about how I dose myself out in teaspoons lately…..and know a change would do me worlds of good.
    As always, Andrea, thanks for sharing your gifts and for being raw and honest.

  42. Julia

    And how did I not see this email until just now?
    WTF?!!! Andrea, you hit bullseye for me! LOVE your voice messages and I this falls right in line with everything else unfolding in my life at this moment.
    Thanks so much for sharing!
    Happy Monday 🙂

  43. isavoyage

    perfect timing for me too, thanks, you are an inspiration as always.

  44. Catherine Jennings

    Was just looking through my emails trying to unsubscribe from lots as I am trying to de-clutter my life and find space for the things that matter…..so glad I clicked through and listened to this, you are staying right in my inbox!!! I had forgotten that it is your superhero manifesto that I have on my wall in front of me!!!
    Things do certainly come up when you need them most! Think I need to bake a pan of f*@king brownies and get my tribe together 🙂 xxx


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